...since yesterday's press release on their full reaction to the Badman report only confirms one's suspicion that the DCSF has not given due consideration to the full consequences of their suggestions. (Full response available in through link to Graham Badman's letter, near the bottom here.)
By far the worst feature of this ill-conceived diktat is the announcement of yet another review into the meaning of a "suitable" and "efficient" home education.
From the DCSF press release:
"The response also outlines that more work will be done to clarify what is ‘suitable and effective’ home education to support new guidance to local authorities on supporting and monitoring home educators. This will emphasise how local authorities can work with home educating parents to make sure that the needs of all children, including those with special educational needs, can be met in the home environment where appropriate. The guidance will take account of findings from the Lamb Inquiry, to be published later this year."
which not only potentially signals the end of the suitable education of thousands of autonomously educated children in this country, but also means that the state will transparently be responsible for failing hundreds of thousands of children in this country, since all education would then be state-determined and mandated, and since suitable educational provision is surely only that which results in suitable educational attainment, the state will be stuffed, STUFFED to high heaven, when parents whose children leave school functionally illiterate and innumerate rightly feel that they have been STUFFED.
But home educators are not impressed for plenty of other reasons too. We do not want to sacrifice educational freedom for the tidbits on offer, which are highly likely not to materialise locally whatever the government says, or which, eg: in the case of better exam access, could conceivably be supplied without any strings attached whatsoever.
It is all so desperately sad. The DCSF appear to have disengaged both ears and brains.
UPDATE: Don't suppose Ed and his mates predicted this sort of headline either, lol.